Ready to sweep out the dirt and grime winter has left behind? Historically, cultures around the globe spring clean as a way to usher in the new year or in preparation for Passover and Lent. Your home is a reflection of your spirit. A cluttered and unkempt home can negatively affect your energy level.

When you break tasks down into small chunks, you'll be surprised at how much you and your family can accomplish to freshen your home — and re-energize your spirits!

Open the windows. While you air out the house, change your home's furnace and air conditioning filters.

Launder window coverings and drapes. Wash or dry clean according to manufacturer instructions.

Brighten the view. Clean windows when they do not have direct sunlight shining on them, which can cause streaking. On exterior windows, add a drop of dishwashing liquid in warm water. Using a natural sponge, wash away the dirt. Squeegee the window. On interior windows, use a combination of one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Wipe the windows with a squeegee or microfiber cloth.

Wash window screens. Remove the screens. Using a spray attachment on your garden hose, blast away the dirt. Allow them to dry outside in the sunshine before putting them back up.

Tackle the junk drawer. Put odds and ends in their rightful homes or throw them away. Toss, recycle, and shred papers, old take-out menus, coupons, or receipts you no longer need. Commit to cleaning one drawer a day.

Make a donation bag. Set a timer and quickly go through one closet in the house per weekend, removing clothing you no longer wear, no longer need, or that no longer fits. Donate gently used items to your favorite charity.

Sift the toy bin. Throw out broken toys and give away toys your children no longer play with.

Attack the paper pile. Gather all of the paper strewn around your house. Create a storage box for each member of the family to stash documents and keepsakes. Recycle old magazines and newspapers. File important documents and shred the rest.

Shine the floor. Your children can wipe down the baseboards with a damp cloth while you mop.

Steam clean carpets. If you don't own a steam cleaner, rent one or hire a professional service.

Remember your houseplants. Stick your houseplants under the shower to give them a good rinse. Repot plants that are root-bound, add more soil, and remove dead leaves.

Refresh bed linens. Wash your pillows, blankets and bed linens according to manufacturer instructions.

Disinfect trash cans and the garbage disposal. Trash cans are a breeding ground for bacteria. Wipe them down with warm soap and water or a disinfectant spray. Try these simple instructions to clean your garbage disposal.

Freshen the walls. Vacuum the walls with your dust attachment to remove cobwebs and dust. Semi gloss and glossy walls clean up the easiest while flat painted walls can be harder to clean. Test a small area of the wall with a damp sponge to make sure it doesn't leave a water stain before proceeding. For more information, check out these additional tips.

Once the walls are clean, pour some house paint in small jar like an old baby food jar or mason jar. Using a small paint brush, touch up spots where the paint has chipped.

Reward yourself! Celebrate your sparkling clean home and your hard work with a cheerful bouquet of spring flowers or a welcoming wreath for your front door!